English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D)

EAL/D is a program of language development designed to meet the needs of those students whose first language, or dialect is not English and to support their learning in mainstream subjects.  EAL/D courses in the Senior School are highly focused on developing the English literacy skills of students of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, viewing and writing.

EAL/D students are those whose first language is a language or dialect other than English and who require additional support to develop proficiency in Standard Australian English (SAE). 

These students may include (ACARA, 2021): 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Immigrants to Australia and temporary visa holders from non-English speaking countries
  • Students with a refugee background
  • Children born in Australia of migrant heritage where English is not spoken at home
  • English-speaking students returning to Australia after extended periods in non-English speaking settings
  • Children of deaf adults who use Auslan as their first language
  • International students from non-English speaking countries 

Students are assisted in building strategies to cope with the demands of studying in a:

  • Second language or dialect
  • System that has different expectations and learning styles from the student's home country 

In addition to expanding student vocabulary and increasing competence in English grammar usage, students develop strategies for accessing a wide range of written, oral and multi-media texts. The particular requirements of different text types are taught and scaffolding is used to assist students in learning to write successfully in all text types. CGGS offers English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD) in Years 7 – 10 within the English language classes and English as a Second Language in Years 11 and 12 (BSSS Tertiary course, BSSS Accredited course and IB course).